IGATEX Pakistan Widens Reach
IGATEX Pakistan 2006 returns to single-show format and aims to attract visitors from South Asia and the Middle East, as well as from Pakistan.
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IGATEX Pakistan 2006 — the largest exhibition of its kind in the region, according to show organizers — is expected to draw more than 450 exhibitors and more than 70,000 visitors.
IGATEX Pakistan 2006’s exhibit profile lists the following exhibit categories:
• apparel machinery and accessories including automation systems, computer-aided design/computer-aided management/computer-integrated manufacturing systems, computer software, dyeing and tanning chemicals, embroidery machinery and threads, garment accessories and components, fabrics and leathers, sewing machinery and accessories, unit production systems, finishing equipment, knives and scissors, and other machinery and accessories;
• laundry equipment and accessories including dry-cleaning equipment;
• leather machinery and accessories;
• shoemaking machinery and accessories; and
• textile machinery, accessories and fabrics including knitting machinery, spinning machinery and accessories, weaving machinery and accessories, bleaching and washing machinery, testing equipment and controls, heat-transfer equipment, textile screen-printing machinery, yarn-processing machinery and accessories, and other machinery and accessories.
IGATEX Pakistan 2006 will be held at the Karachi Expo Centre April 26-29.
The China pavilion will be organized by IGATEX Pakistan's strategic partner, China Texmatech Co. Ltd.
Among those expected to attend the exhibition are garment and textile accessories dealers, machinery and accessories distributors and agents, and machinery importers and exporters; garment, textile, knitting, leather goods and shoe manufacturers; and laundry operators and dry cleaners.
IGATEX Pakistan attracts visitors representing a wide range of textile- and garment-related sectors.
According to IGATEX Pakistan organizers, Pakistan-based Pegasus Consultancy (Pvt.) Ltd. and Singapore-based Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte. Ltd. (CEMS), the elimination of quotas in 2005 has provided a challenge to the Pakistani textile and garment industry to manufacture according to internationally accepted quality standards. The industry is answering this challenge by investing in the latest technologies to improve and streamline production.
Turkey — Pakistan's partner country at IGATEX — had the greatest exhibitor participation from a single country at last year's show.
The exhibition’s growth reflects the rapid growth of the Pakistani textile and garment industry, which over the past three years has spent more than $4 billion for balancing, modernization and replacement (BMR) of machinery. The Government of Pakistan has allocated an additional US$3 billion for future BMR and expansion of the textile sector. Last year, the industry accounted for 67 percent of total Pakistani exports, which themselves have exhibited 20-percent annual growth rates.
A Jialun embroidery machine shown at last year's exhibition demonstrates its capabilities
Pakistan’s textile and garment industry also constitutes 46 percent of the country’s total manufacturing activity and employs 38 percent of its manufacturing workforce.
IGATEX Pakistan Partners And Supporters
As in 2004 and 2005, Turkey will be Pakistan’s partner country at IGATEX. Last year, more than 40 Turkish companies exhibited — the greatest-ever single-country participation at the exhibition, according to show organizers. The Turkish pavilion occupied an entire hall at the expo center.
In addition to Turkey’s pavilion at IGATEX Pakistan 2006, nine other pavilions will host companies from China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, Singapore and Switzerland.
Beijing-based China Texmatech Co. Ltd. (CTMTC), a textile machinery and technology import/export enterprise managed by the Chinese government, is IGATEX Pakistan’s strategic partner for this year’s exhibition. CTMTC will organize the China pavilion.
Other international supporting organizations include the Spanish Textile Machinery Association, the Italian Trade Commission, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), the Austrian Trade Commission, the Singapore Textile Dealers Friendly Association and International Enterprise Singapore.
Boilers are among the many different types of textile and garment manufacturing machines that will be displayed at IGATEX Pakistan 2006.
IGATEX Pakistan 2006 also is supported by Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce, Board of Investment and Export Promotion Bureau; the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association; the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association; the Pakistan Bedwear Exporters Association; the All Pakistan Bedsheets & Upholstery Manufacturers Association; the Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association; and the Pakistan Cloth Merchants Association.
For more information about IGATEX Pakistan 2006, contact firstname.lastname@example.org; www.igatexpakistan.com.
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